What to say about this series? It brought me a rollercoaster of emotions while I was watching this series. Sometimes I was hooked on it, sometimes I wasn’t. There are times that did get boring.
Sheren Tang as Kau Mui
She is a complicated character. In the beginning of the series, her character was really questioned. Was she good? Was she bad? What were her intentions? Before long, we discovered that she had a good heart to help others. She was trying to establish her self with power in order to carry out her plan. She is a strong character and she has a lot of things under her sleeve. Her past was something that made her the way she was. She was strong enough to be a man but yet gentle and kind-hearted as a woman. I loved her character, it screams amazing because of the complexity. Her courage and alertly to save herself from many situations is just so surreal at times that is good.
Sheren once again shined through this series. Her facial expression and her actions give me chills at times. Yet she can play a kind-hearted person who smiles and gives a very warm feeling. Her character was very hard to play out as there was much mystery of what she was really thinking inside her head. She played out her complicated character well, a very deserving best actress award.
Wayne Lai as Lau Sing
He was a brave character with nothing to lose. A cop that would stand up for what was right. He was willing to sacrifice to protect people who were worth protecting. There was much compassion with this character. He was always there to help Kau Mui. I felt as if he was a guardian angel toward her. Of course there were times where he leaned on her. He cheated death a couple of times and ultimately lost his memory in the end. His memory of course was gained back and he had a happy ending to his story. I quite enjoyed this character a lot. He was the ideal heroic person. I loved the way that he would do anything for anyone and can even stand up to death.
Wayne portrayed this character pretty well. I think he did a way better job here than in Rosy Business. I can’t imagine anyone else playing this character.
Pierre Ngo as Tong Kat
He was a weak and innocent man, who didn’t have much gut. His hero is basically Lau Sing because he saved his life so many times. With this carried on this shoulder, there are countless times where he tried to repay Lau Sing’s favor. As the story progress, he isn’t that timid boy anymore. He was able to have great eye hand coordination when it came to shooting. The first part of the series seemed to focus on him a lot more.
Pierre’s acting was simply very convincing. It was an 180 degree turn from his mean-bullying and selfish character in Rosy Business.
Raymond Wong as Yeung Yeung
He was the love interest for Ching Ching. He did everything to make sure that the love of his life was safe. Everything he did, even risking his life, it was for Ching Ching. There wasn’t much about his character as he was just basically one of Lau Sing’s subordinate.
Raymond is a good actor. I enjoyed him when he was at ATV, and at TVB he shined even more. Sometimes I just feel his facial expressions are over exaggerated.
Evergreen Mak as Leung Fei Fan
The selfish cop who is basically against Lau Sing and his groupie. He caused problems with Lau Sing and his wife and his career. He was just a bug trying to get revenge towards Lau Sing and Ninth Sister. He was basically a bug that never went away. There were so many times that I thought he would be done, finish, gone, dead, but no. His life/ existence keeps getting saved. Every time he was saved, he took it for granted as he kept seeking for revenge from the people who saved him. When his wife finally died, he finally woke up and realized his revenge plans are done with. His character seem to always cheat death or cheat punishment. There was a lot of grace on this character and it seemed like he never learned his lesson, which really bugged me every time he was on screen.
Evergreen shined through this series. Maybe it was because this evil role was so important in the storyline, which he was able to shine on-screen. He seemed to play his villain part very well. I really believe that big production series can make any star shine.
Fala Chen as Ching Ching
She was an innocent, gentle character with a disease. In the beginning I liked her character but as the story went on, her character wasn’t as likeable anymore. I mean I get the point that she can die …soon, but come on. There are so many times when the story focused on her disease and there were so many times where it looked like she died. I felt as if her storyline was such a drag. I pity her, in the beginning. As the story went on, I think the focus on her illness was just a little too much. What I really liked about her character was her diary. I think her diary was cute as it acted as a narrator for parts of the series.
I don’t think Fala quite shine with this character. I think she did a great job, but I think it’s the storyline that made her not so great in this series.
King Kong as Mukaiyama Tetsuya
The Japanese solider. He is the rank officer that works with Kau Mui. With his power, he was able to “protect” Kau Mui during some circumstance, but in return, Kau Mui was to open more Opium Dens in order for his wealth to grow. Throughout the series, I always wonder if he was somewhat good, just a little, but he wasn’t. I don’t know, he never seemed to be as bad of a solider as I thought he could be.
I am relatively new to King Kong. I haven’t seen him really acted until this series…I think. I think he did a great job. E.U didn’t really count because I didn’t think he had a significant screen time. I enjoyed watching him. I don’t believe that anyone else could have taken this role besides him. He didn’t look Chinese and he gave a very cold and strong appearance.
Nancy Wu as Ma Lai-Wah
I questioned her relations with Kau Mui in the beginning because I didn’t know why she kept asking her about her plans. I thought that she was Kau Mui sister and that Kau Mui wasn’t really Cheng Long-kwan’s daughter. We soon realized that she was the daughter of Kau Mui’s “sister”. She had promised to take care of her “sister’s” daughter because she had an addiction. Lai-Wah soon became Cheng Long-Kwan, who was Kau Mui’s father, second wife. This complicated the relationship between herself with Kau Mui. She is a very selfish and has a high self-esteem. I don’t enjoy this character as I feel like she does nothing well in this series. She is another bug in the series.
Nancy did a good job, but it wasn’t outstanding. I don’t like watching Nancy play snobby roles, it just doesn’t look pleasant to me. It also meant that I didn’t like her screen time.
Lau Sing & Kau Mui There was love, but what kind of love was it? For the longest time I was confused about whether they will have a love story or not? In the end, I realized that they did. They didn’t have a modern-day love story, where you kiss and hold hands and that was considered love. Instead they came to each other when they needed help, they cared and looked out for each other. They supported each other through all the crazy ideas and actions. It was a kind of love that didn’t need possession of that person. The chemistry between them was amazing. They were so in sync when it came to each other and they understood each other.
I wish that their story were more satisfying. I felt that their ending was rushed. You can see their love but it wasn’t fully expressed because there wasn’t anything that really said “I Love You” But their love story was amazing because I felt as if they cared for each other a lot and they went through a lot of near death experience with each other. I really wished that the were together for the rest of their lives, it was only fair. Well at least they were together the last few years of their lives.
Yeung Yueng & Ching Ching
I guess this is supposed to be the cute love story. It was, in the beginning. They grew up together and now they realized that they are falling for each other. It got kind of annoying how Ching Ching would not accept him. He was always there for her, protecting her from harm. The constant rejections and disapproval was from the fact that Ching Ching was sick and that she can die anytime. You can see their love for each other because they sacrificed a lot for each other. In the end, they did get together and were married.
I thought their storyline together was quite a drag and boring. They are cute together and they do have amazing chemistry together but sometimes I did fast forward when they were on-screen. I quite enjoyed Yeung Yeung’s crushing on her. It was the little things, for example the house, and the jealously that made me enjoy this couple. I thought their ending was cute and sad. Overall I did enjoy their story but it was quite a bored at times.
About half of the storyline was based on conflict with the war and the other half with the opium business. The story started out “modern” day with a flashback. The flashbacks gave an insight to what the story was about. Then the story unfolds. The conflict between the opium business was basically the fight for power within the business. Kau Mui and her aunt was the main fighters here. During the dispute, Kau Mui also had a plan to destroy the business, in which she did just before the Japanese took over. As this was going on, conflict between Lau Sing and Leung Fei Fan was also in play. When the Japanese army took over, the story focused more on everyone in the story and how each of the characters tried to survive the cursed war. After the war was over, it wasn’t completely bliss. Kau Mui had to deal with the opium business as well as with her aunt. Everyone is still struggling as the country isn’t in good shape after the Japanese left.
The storyline is just way too good. There was mystery, love, revenge, hate and a lot of conflict and back stab situations. It basically got me thinking about what is going to happen next. I was hooked onto watching with many thoughts running through out my head, how will they get away with this one?, what the ….? , and is he going to die yet? There isn’t much series out there these days that is so dynamic. It has a bit of everything as it keeps the audience on the edge of the seat.
I felt was quite disappointing. I felt like there was so much more they could have done to wrap the series up instead. I didn’t feel as if the series closed well. I mean, there was a lot of things happened throughout the series, and it just ended, like that. It was a happy ending, but I wish it ended with a bigger bang. Lau Sing losing his memory was kind of lame. I wanted Lau Sing and Kau Mui to have that happily ever ending, they still had it, but they wasted 30 years. I wish that they didn’t wasted those 30 years. It was still a decent ending I have to say.
Overall, I quite enjoyed the series. Most of the time I found myself addicted to the series, just wanting to watch more of it. There are times where I did fast forward. The cast was well put together and I found myself loving Sheren Tang and Wayne Lai just a little bit more.The series provided gave the audience a roller coaster ride through emotions and thoughts. It is a series to remember, a series that is marked down in TVB history. This was my favorite series in 2010.